Florida’s spring parks and recreation areas offer visitors excellent locations for picnicking and camping. During the day, picnickers can swim and snorkel in the clear, cool waters of headsprings, walk along nature trails, and gaze deep underwater on glass-bottomed boat tours. At night, under a blanket of stars and enveloped with the sounds of nature, campers can have the springs to themselves.
Many spring parks offer cabins, tent camping and sites for RVs, as well as showers, convenience stores or concession stands. you will also be able o find canoe, kayak, and snorkel rentals at the water’s edge at several spring parks. Here I will share with you my backpacking checklist for a camping trip to the Floridian springs along with a list of a few of Florida’s most beautiful springs to visit.
10 Springs in Florida For The Nature Lover to Visit:
- Three Sisters Spring – Crystal River
- Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Spring Hill
- Rainbow Springs State Park, Dunellon
- Rock Springs, Apopka
- Ichetucknee Springs State Park, Fort White
- Ginnie Springs, High Springs
- Blue Springs State Park, Orange City
- Silver Glen Springs, Ocala National Forest
- Alexander Springs, Ocala National Forest
- Peacock Springs, Live Oak, FL
Remember! Protecting Florida’s springs is everyone’s job. Each of us can play a role by helping reduce groundwater pollution and decrease water consumption.
Protecting springs begins at home with simple steps like installing low-flow plumbing fixtures, landscaping with native plants and reducing or eliminating use of fertilizers in the yard. You can also take action to support local land planning initiatives designed to protect springs.
Take Action to Protect Springs
- Get involved in local planning and land use issues to protect sinkholes and other land in springsheds. Your voice counts!
- Encourage and support the county and city leaders to make stormwater and land use decisions that will safeguard the groundwater flowing to our springs.
- Support your water management district in protecting groundwater.
- Help teach others about groundwater issues and responsible landscaping. Volunteer and become an advocate for a spring.
- The next time you visit a spring with your children, explain the importance of protecting these beautiful natural resources.